Port Angeles city council members are sworn in

PORT ANGELES — Three Port Angeles City Council members were sworn in Wednesday.

Re-elected Councilwomen Sissi Bruch and Cherie Kidd and newly elected Councilman Michael Merideth took their oaths of office at 11 a.m. at City Hall.

Kidd, 69, begins her third term. A Port Angeles High School graduate and owner of AAA Affordable Storage and U-Haul, she defeated Dan Bateham in the Nov. 3 general election.

She is a former Port Angeles mayor, the former chairwoman of the Port Angeles Planning Commission and a member of the Port Angeles Business Association, the Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce and Soroptimist International.

Bruch, 54, begins a second four-year term on the City Council after running uncontested in November.

Bruch is the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe’s senior planner.

A former member of the city Planning Commission, she defeated incumbent and then-Deputy Mayor Don Perry in 2011.

She unsuccessfully ran as a Democrat in November for West End Clallam County commissioner, losing to Republican Bill Peach.

Merideth, 42, a truck driver, defeated Marolee Smith in the general election. The two political newcomers were running for the seat vacated by Mayor Dan Di Guilio, who decided not to run for re-election.

The City Council’s first meeting of the year will be Jan. 5.

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